ACT and Challenges


Q: How can I win more confidence?

A: By becoming willing to take on challenges

It’s Day 4 of the Blogging 101 Course and the going is getting tough.  This, we are told, is when the tough get going!

Today’s assignment asked us to identify our audience and then publish a post for our “ideal reader”.

Who is my “ideal reader”?  Well, I suppose it’s anyone who wants to “Live Well and Stress Less”.  I should think that just about includes anyone and everyone!  So my target audience is pretty universal, but it’s the suggested solution, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), that may seem a bit more limiting.

I don’t want that to be the case, but I am going to stick with ACT.  Why?  Because I know quite a lot about it so I am confident talking about it and recommending it, and I think it works.

Over the years I have tried a variety of different things to try to reduce my stress levels and, after much trial and error, I have come to the conclusion that ACT works for me.  This blog is selfish in one way and altruistic in another.  It’s selfish in that writing about ACT regularly reinforces its message for me, so I can Live Well and Stress Less more often.  It’s also altruistic in that I genuinely believe that ACT can help others to Live Well and Stress Less too.  If my blog helps them to do that then amen to that!

Today’s Blogging 101 Assignment also asked us to do something different, to include a new to me element.

Well here goes.  I am going to try to embed a video with an inspirational song that I love, which just happens to be about, you guessed it, overcoming CHALLENGES.

This is going to be quite a challenge for me!

And it is a challenge that has defeated me!! For now, anyway.  But I will return to it.  I am afraid I am going to have to make do with linking to the song, “The World’s Greatest”, R Kelly.  I can’t get the video to work after having tried for an hour!!!  Enjoy the music anyway!

A quick update!

The video is working!!!!!  Do click it, you get the lyrics as well as the song, and they are brilliant.


  • How do you cope when life throws up its challenges?
  • Are you willing to take the helm when the sea gets rough?
  • What can you share that might be of help to others.

Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.





We say we would be confident, we say we would be strong,

Then resist the chance to practice when a challenge comes along,

When we get to flex our muscles, have a chance to grow a bit,

We become all agitated and we have a hissy fit!

“Oh no!” we cry in anguish, “I don’t want to deal at all

With the problems that life tosses me, the ills that me befall,

I want confidence abundant, but I didn’t realise

That when it came a-knocking it would come in a disguise.

It would dress itself in challenges and put me on the rack

And with each step I took forward it would seem I took two back,

And my mind is sending messages that fill me with alarm

‘Til I remember that’s its function, it grew up predicting harm.”

But it’s then I feel a confidence grow in me just a touch,

Just a fragile bud that’s barely there, it’s true it isn’t much,

But with just a bit of practice and a willingness to learn

I see a challenge is a chance for me some confidence to earn.

And although we didn’t want it, we will see when we look back

That our confidence got stretched each time we lay down on the rack,

And there’s something rather wonderful in knowing we can’t lose

Every time we face a challenge, and that challenge we then choose.

© Corinne Shields, 2015

If you enjoyed “CHALLENGES” please pass it on, and do leave your comments.  I would love to hear from you.

And just before you go …..

A final word from ACT ……….

ACT stands for Acceptance Commitment Therapy.  It challenges us to accept our thoughts and feelings and still commit to change.

This has been one of the hardest and most challenging blogs I have yet written.  I am exhausted with trying to overcome the video challenge!!

Any tips gratefully received!

Which brings us to the ACTivation Point!

SO ……………………….

Just for today I’m going to go and pick up my grandson and take him swimming instead of struggling with this anymore.  I accept that just for today it has me beat, so I’m going to go off and enjoy my time with my grandson.


How about YOU?

What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life?

 Just for today I will ………………………

If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you?

I am a student of ACT.  I am on a journey.  I would love you to join me.

With all good wishes










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Corinne Shields

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, erstwhile teacher for thirty plus years, and permanent student. I have long been interested in psychology and spirituality and enjoy writing inspirational poetry. Hence the publication of this blog at ACT Made I play golf badly, piano a little better and I love reading, writing, and all things French. I divide my time between Wales and France and enjoy travelling with my husband, Len and my dog Charlie.

19 thoughts on “ACT and Challenges”

  1. hello Corinne!!!
    I really liked your ACT post:)
    your poem is really motivating and it’s gonna help me to relieve my stress:)
    thanks for the post:)
    all the best for blogging:)

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    1. Hi Vikram, I am so glad that you enjoyed the post and I really hope it will help you to relieve your stress. I have had a stressful day myself so I need to read my own words. As a wiseman once said, “Physician, heal thyself”! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. I really appreciate it.

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      1. your welcome!!!
        and you love to have more interaction with you:)
        thanks for your response:)
        all the best for blogging and life:)

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Love the poem and love the song. Well done for being successful in your challenge of adding a musical link. I really look forward to your blogs which always provide food for thought. Lots of love xx

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  3. Indeed ACT is a very powerful mantra. I loved your post, especially the quotes and the poem. I was not able to see the video since I am reading this via phone. This is very inspirational Corinne! Thank you for sharing your valuable insights. Hugs! 🙂


    1. Thank you so much. I am so glad you enjoyed the post. The video link caused me such a headache I shall have to be feeling very positive before I try it again! It’s lovely too to meet with others who are using ACT and enjoying its benefits. X

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      1. I never tried video link in my blog so I guess it will be such a challenge for me too. I am pretty sure you will be able to do it. Actually, I just know about ACT through your blog so thank you for that, it will help me live more and stress less since stress is definitely not good for me. 🙂


  4. Hello Corinne!
    Late in my reply because I was stressed (and time consumed) about a challenge I had set for myself for some public speaking. I think it went well so I can breathe again.

    I wanted to see if I can explain the video link in a simpler way.

    Go to your post page. Copy the link to the video you want to post.

    There are two ways –
    1.. You can simply type [embed] + [/embed] on either side of the above link.
    (no “+” – just to show you where they go)
    2. Where it says “Add Media” > Insert from URL >

    I hope that either might work for you. Fingers crossed! Please let me know how it goes.


    1. Hi Irene, thanks so much for getting back to me. I will try it and see if it works. I have high hopes, actually, because I think the problem was with the laptop I was working on at the time. I think I needed to download something or other and in the end I gave the laptop to my son and he did something! Supposedly it’s working now, and when I try it I will let you know. It’s nearly midnight here so I’ll wait until I’m feeling more rested!! It never does to attempt something stressful when you are feeling stressed already! So glad your talk went well. It’s a great feeling when it’s all over and you feel it went well. Sweet dreams.

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